'L!fe Happens' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   38 reviews
  • Chris Nashawaty Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    A mildly amusing indie that's neither as funny nor as poignant as it wants to be.
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  • David DeWitt New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Most appealing is Kate Bosworth, whose sharp humor as Deena has a bite that dares you to dismiss her. Even if you might dismiss her film.
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  • Loren King Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    A cliche-laden chick flick that seems conceived solely to capitalize on the success of the far more original (and generous to female friendship) "Bridesmaids."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A blonde-brunette buddy comedy with a charmless cast (Rachel Bilson plays the third roomie, a Christian virgin) and banter as flat as Deena's favorite no-strings imperative, "Bone and bolt."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    [Bosworth] brings some intriguing shadows to a movie that looks, upon first glance, to be a two-dimensional, post-"Sex and the City" romantic comedy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    If Krysten Ritter didn't already have a TV show, Life Happens would offer good material for an adaptation.
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  • Ben Sachs Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Set in Los Angeles, this unfunny comedy succeeds only in perpetuating the worst stereotypes about that city.
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  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    It's more like watching an extended sitcom than a movie.
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  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    63
    It all sounds dreadful, like the pilot for another brainless comedy series on network TV, but it grows on you.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrew Barker Variety (Top Critic)
    Its smattering of femme-centric gross-out humor [melds] into its scenester single-mother storyline about as gracefully as the odd exclamation point does into its title.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sara Stewart New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    A likable concept that deflates into conventionality...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justin Lowe Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Co-writers Coiro and Ritter fill in the schematic script with some juicy lines and amusing situations but never lock on to a consistent tone or thematic throughline.
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  • Richard Roeper Richard Roeper.com (Top Critic)
    60
    Cliched premise rescued by some sharp one-liners and an endearing cast.
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  • Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    70
    First-time feature director Kat Coiro gives an oft-tread story a snappy new spin in the hip and enjoyable comedy "Life Happens."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf Blu-ray.com
    42
    For a movie that hopes to tickle, it actually finds surer footing expressing deep emotions, pinpointing the terror and grief that comes when pleasurably distracting routines are abandoned.
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  • Kevin Carr 7M Pictures
    50
    in the end it still feels like it's written by someone who doesn't actually have kids or hasn't come to the realization of sacrifice yet
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  • Brent Simon Shared Darkness
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  • Steve Persall Tampa Bay Times
    42
    Conveniently coinciding with the buzz for Krysten Ritter's sitcom Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, this fitfully amusing comedy could serve as the pilot for her next TV gig, or some other quirky Zooey Deschanel clone.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    38
    It's a sitcom pilot waiting for re-write.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Leonard Maltin ReelzChannel.com
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  • Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle
    50
    Coiro ... mixes an off-beat premise and smart, spiky dialogue with the tired old rhythms of a standard romantic comedy.
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  • Mike Scott Times-Picayune
    40
    A girls-night-out comedy that strives to be the next Bridesmaids or Sex and the City -- but that never quite captures the spark of either.
    Full Review » 2 years ago